BARCS Team A
Baltimore's homeless and abused animals need help. More than 11,000 unwanted, abused and stray animals enter the doors of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) each year – dogs, cats, kittens, puppies, even wildlife and exotic animals.
BARCS is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization operating Maryland’s largest open-admission animal shelter and pet adoption center, nestled in downtown Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood.
Our shelter grants refuge to every abandoned, neglected, abused, lost or surrendered animal that comes through our door - a staggering 30 or more animals are surrendered to BARCS daily, every single day of the year. No matter what the circumstance, we do not turn away any animal in need of shelter, food and a loving touch.
Many of the animals BARCS cares for were abandoned or given up by owners who can no longer care for them. Too many animals come to the shelter as victims of abuse or hit-and-run accidents.
Formerly the Baltimore City Municipal Animal Shelter, BARCS was recognized as a non-profit in July 2005. Since then, BARCS has hired new staff, created new programs and changed the shelter's standard operations. These changes have helped us dramatically increase adoptions and rescues, along with a significant decrease in euthanasia – all on a very-limited, shoestring budget. With your help we can do even more.